We love our National Park!

photo by Stephen Jiron Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman (right) and City Councilor Liz Hensley (left) present the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Appreciation Month proclamation to Great Sand Dunes Superintendant Pamela Rice (center).A\

Great Sand Dunes to be honored all month long

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa was sure to take some time to show some love to a local attraction on Saturday with a public reading of a proclamation to recognize the Great Sand Dunes, National Park. With April just beginning it was an appropriate time to revive a proclamation from early March naming April ‘Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Appreciation Month’.

Mayor Coleman and City Councilor Liz Hensley were on hand for the event.

“On behalf of the city of Alamosa I am grateful to be able to thank everyone who has something to do with the Great Sand Dunes Park”,  said Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman

“Thanks to all the visitors and thanks to the people in our local community who show support for our national park.”

Coleman was optimistic for the future of the park as the San Luis Valley as a community and an economy continues to try and put 2020 firmly in the rearview mirror.

“I’m hopeful this year will be a record-breaking year, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Also present were Great Sand Dunes National Park Superintendent Pamela Rice along with a few Park Rangers to answer questions and address interested attendees.

“We really want to thank all of you for this recognition and honor.  A lot of national parks around the county don’t benefit from the same relationships and partnerships that we have with our local community, so we definitely do not take it for granted” said Rice.

She continued,

“I definitely invite all of you to come out and check out the park, enjoy it because it is your national park right here in your backyard.”

Rice was sure to thank the work from VisitAlamosa, Alamosa County, the City of Alamosa and SLVFD for their efforts as well.

Read the proclamation below:

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Appreciation Month Proclamation

WHEREAS, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve enriches our region, preserving a culturally significant natural resource; and

WHEREAS, the Great Sane Dunes National Park and Preserve welcomes and captivates travelers from around the world, serving as the landmark attraction for millions of guests to Alamosa and the San Luis Valley; and

WHEREAS, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve guides the way in creating a responsible outdoor experience while generating positive economic impact that supports the region as a whole; and

WHEREAS, Alamosa benefits greatly as a community from the dedicated initiatives of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

NOW, THEREFORE, because we love our National Park, the Alamosa City Council does hereby proclaim April 2021 as

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Appreciation Month

Further, we invite and encourage everyone to celebrate, experience and enjoy our National Park. Given under my hand and seal of the City of Alamosa, this 3rd day of March 2021.

Ty Coleman, Mayor

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